January 29, 2023

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Juneau Community Charter School (JCCS) and Mendenhall River Community School (MRCS) have selected new principals.

JCCS has selected Gayle Brown as its next principal. JCCS is a Kindergarten through Eighth Elementary school in the Juneau School District (JSD) where students study in multi-class classrooms with small classes.

It is a public charter school governed by an Academic Policy Committee of parents and teachers. Brown will also serve as director for the JSD HomeBRIDGE home school program.

Brown is currently the principal of the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Kasigluk, Alaska.

She is also a continuing education teacher for Learning Across America at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, NY.

Before coming to Alaska, Brown was a family and consumer sciences teacher in several New Jersey high schools for 16 years.

The Juneau School District began a statewide search for candidates earlier in the school year.

The school district interviewed the candidates in open sessions at the school.

Interviews were conducted by an interview committee composed of representatives of certified and classified staff from the school, the district administration and the Academic Policy Committee.

Written public comment cards were collected from the public during an open house and during interviews. The panel then gave Dr. Bridget Weiss, Superintendent for the Juneau School District, made a recommendation.

Brown holds a Master of Arts in Education and Administrative Leadership from Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, NJ.

She holds a Master of Arts in Family and Child Development from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC.

Eric Filardi will be the next principal of Mendenhall River Community School (MRCS).

Filardi has been a preschool teacher in Alaska for nine years.

He is currently in his third year as a principal/teacher at the Anderson School in Anderson, Alaska and works as an Educational Technician and Science Interpreter for the US Department of the Interior at Denali National Park and Preserve.

Filardi came to Alaska in 2014 as the STEM director, scholarship coordinator, English officer and teacher for Nanana City Public School.

He also spent seven years teaching English at several school districts in New York and at the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the United Arab Emirates.

The Juneau School District began a statewide search for candidates early in the school year and interviewed the candidates in a public meeting at the school on January 18.

Interviews were conducted by an interview committee composed of representatives of the school’s certified and classified staff, the district administration and the Site Council, and provided the Superintendent, Dr. Bridget Weiss, a recommendation.

Written public comment cards were collected from staff and the public during an open house and during the interview.

Filardi holds a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Atlanta in Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of New York at Geneseo.

Filardi will take up the position in August at the beginning of the 2023/34 school year.

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